Place Category: Mentoring
BEST Kids is a nonprofit mentoring organization that empowers youth in foster care to build better futures, one child at a time. Through our one-on-one volunteer mentoring, our extensive training, staff support and our experiential-learning-based peer group, we encourage our youth to discover and develop their unique skills and abilities. We work with youth between the ages of 6 and 21 years old to develop a positive sense of self, to acquire teamwork and group social skills, and to become productive members of society. BEST Kids mentors spend ten hours a month in person with their mentees and also maintain weekly contact in some form. Our community-based mentoring model allows for the match to explore the community and new activities in order to broaden the child’s world-view and expose them to new opportunities for growth. This program model also allows for mentors and mentees to tailor their mentoring sessions to the pair’s agreed upon short and long term goals. Mentors and mentees participate in activities that both parties will enjoy; some favorites have been ice skating, bowling, rock climbing, and visiting local museums. Additionally, once a month all mentors and mentees attend peer group events through which they can engage in age-appropriate, experiential learning activities. Some past peer group events have been canoeing, bike riding, rock climbing, and community service projects. Requirements to become a mentor:
- You must be 21 years old or older;
- You must intend to be in the area long enough to fulfill your minimum 1 year commitment;
- You must have access to a reliable vehicle; either you own a car or have a subscription to zipcar, etc.;
- Clean driving record and clean criminal background record.
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